Robot Submarines Building ‘Google Earth’ for the ocean

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You will often hear how under-explored the ocean is. Even the Navy is lacking in detailed charts of the ocean. Two navy seals are embarking to fix that with AI mapping submarines. The project is called Terradepth. VIa Fast Company:

“One day we looked at each other and said, ‘Why isn’t anybody taking this technology—autonomy, AI, and machine learning—and finding a way to map the ocean?’ ” Kauffman says. “There’s a whole lot of room for modern technology to come in and disrupt the world of ocean exploration and the industry of ocean surveys.”

The 30-foot-long submersible uses a camera and sensor suite to collect data, then employs machine learning to process it, discern what’s important, and reprogram itself to return to a location and test for additional information—all without human intervention. The system relies on edge computing, which can analyze information and solve problems at the data source in near real time.

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